31 May 2013

Made Me May: the end

Well folks, Made Me May has come to an end.  Maybe we should start celebrating J.Crew June (it's one of the few stores I still shop at on occasion)!

But I still have a few items more items to show off!

May 27: A Sewaholic Pendrell Blouse!  This was I think my first Pendrell (I've made 1.5 more of them since then), made from the same rayon fabric I used for my Colette Crepe from last week!
I really like the sleeves on this version, but you really need to use a drapey fabric like rayon or silk to get them to look right.  A crisp cotton will make those sleeves look like balloons!
I did have to add a smidgen of room in the bust to get it to fit well, but besides that, this pattern was pretty perfect from the package.  I much prefer sewing princess seams over darts, so this shirt is a total win for me.

May 28: Simplicity 2927 is a Project Runway pattern.  I made it up in some quilting cotton, mostly as a test garment. I really like the princess seams and the sleeves.  I really hate the facing for the keyhole neck thingly.
Pockets are always a good thing!  The fit was pretty good straight out of the envelope (I am a pretty standard size 12 for the all the big pattern companies.

May 29: A simple knit shirt that I made to replace an old favorite.  I used up some cotton jersey I had lying around for this test garment, and it turned out so well it got added to my permanent collection!
This shirt has raglan sleeves and is finished with 3" bands at the sleeves and hem.  I also used a band to finish the neckline.  This shirt went together in about 20 minutes.
With only 2 main pattern pieces (5 total if you include the bands), it really is a cinch!  And there are no sleeves to set!

May 30:  Same me-made pattern, different fabric.  Here I used up some old knits I had lying around to make a second version of my new favorite knit shirt.  The main pieces are in purple rib knit and the bands are from a matching jersey knit.
I think this one might even be able to be dressed up for work!  Feels like a T-shirt but looks like a sweater, yes?
Here is a picture of the original shirt (the yellow one on the left) with my newly made replacement shirts.  The original had set in sleeves - that was the only modification I made when I traced the pattern. I'm really glad I patterned it before throwing it away!

May 31:  Same purple knit fabrics, different garment.  I've been in stashbusting mode, and I have successfully gotten rid of quite a few knit fabrics this past week!  This dress was the last garment I could squeeze out of my purple rib knit fabric.  I used the jersey for the midsection.
This is the same self-drafted pattern I used before (with the same fabrics but in reverse), with one change.  I removed the gathers from the skirt and made it more fitted.
I also made this one a few inches longer - more appropriate for the office - if I decide that I can get away with it!  But the rib knit makes this dress SUPER comfy!
Well, I think that's the end of Made Me May!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!  Got any exciting plans for June?


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